In case you hadn’t heard, Michigan State recently held a creationism conference. Over at Slate, Mark Stern is very happy MSU scientists refused to debate the science of evolution. Stern approvingly quotes Carina Baskett, a science outreach organizer: “We don’t debate evolution because it’s not debatable. It’s like debating the existence of Canada.”
I agree. Debating the science of evolution is pretty pointless. But a debate about Stern’s opening words is very much worth having:
Because creationists are utterly unmoored from science, rationality, and reality…
I wonder what Stern means by that sentence. Is he making a statistical claim about group averages? If so, I would think it’d be important to wrestle with the actual data. I would think it’d be important to acknowledge and explain the existence of people like Ben Carson. Was he unmoored from reality? How does someone like that become a neurosurgeon? How about all those other smart people who reject evolution? How is it possible for practicing scientists to be unmoored from science?
If anyone wants to arrange a debate on this aspect of evolution and creation, sign me up! I’d be happy to participate.